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Want people to believe innovation applies to their role? Give them a reason to care

Among the many innovation myths businesses take as givens, I believe the most common and disruptive one is "innovation doesn't apply to my role". When this is the case in most organizations, and when just one-fifth of employees report believing that … [Read more]

6 uncommon questions to help you shift your perspective and poke holes at the status-quo

It all starts with a wild question. In the tech industry, it might be, "what if people could carry their whole music library in their pockets? iPod. In the automotive industry, it might be, "what if a supercar could also work as an electric car? … [Read more]

How to cultivate the Generalist within

As a rule of thumb, your business needs more generalists than specialists if it wants to innovate. Don't get me wrong, specialists are valuable. But Generalists are the innovators, the ones who are most capable of dealing with complexity; the ones … [Read more]

The benefits of thinking and doing BIG

BIG ideas get all the attention by the media, bloggers, journalists and the like because Big ideas, like anything that is coming out of Google X, have the possibility to create waves of change for society. Businesses that want to call their latest … [Read more]

Everything is ripe for innovation because human error is ubiquitous

Many known businesses have been founded on a single insight about what customers want or will want. Since forward-thinking businesses live off the insights they identify and generate, their operating model looks quite different from businesses that … [Read more]

My answers to the 5 big questions on innovation

Recently, Business Performance Innovation Network asked me to give my thoughts to their 5 big questions on innovation. Think these questions and answers will be useful to you so here they are :) … [Read more]

Structured serendipity: How Great Ideas Emerge

Almost always great new ideas don’t emerge from within a single person or function, but at the intersection of functions or people that have never met before. As a business leader, you can engineer these connections; serendipity. Serendipity is … [Read more]